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New Book Trailer: Weakness is the Way by J.I. Packer

This new book, Weakness is the Way by J.I. Packer, was commended to us in class today.  I intend on grabbing a copy…maybe you should too.

Weakness is the Way by J. I. Packer from Crossway on Vimeo.


Jesus Loves Me: Two New Verses to Help Parents Teach Justification

images (40)This past weekend Keri and I took our kids to see a Slugs and Bugs kids’ concert at Prestonwood Baptist Church in Plano, TX.  Randall Goodgame, the driving force behind the music of Slugs and Bugs, performed a lot of the songs our family has been rockin’ in the minivan over the past year.  One song he performed that stuck with me was Jesus Loves Me with two new verses he added.  These two verses are a great tool for helping parents teach their kids the doctrine of justification – when we trust in Christ alone to save us from sin, God declares us righteous on the basis of Jesus’ perfect life and sacrificial death, and, therefore, loves us as he loves Jesus.  This means that for those kids who trust in Jesus, he loves them when they do the right thing and when they do the wrong thing (see 2 Corinthians 5:21 and Romans 4:5-8).  Here are the lyrics, old and new (the new verses are in bold print):

Jesus loves me this I know
For the Bible tells me so
Little ones to him belong
They are weak but he is strong


Yes Jesus loves me
Yes Jesus loves me
Yes Jesus loves me
The Bible tells me so

Jesus loves me when I’m good
When I act just like I should
When I say thank you and please
Brush my teeth and wash my knees

Jesus loves me when I’m bad
When I talk back to my dad
When I stomp and whine and pout
(And) poke my bottom lip right out

Don’t Give Up on the Suburbs

images (34)In his book, Suburbianity, Pastor Byron Yawn addresses the damage suburban Christianity has done to the gospel and the church.  But he writes not simply as a critic, but as one who has a heart for suburbanites.  With all of the emphasis these days on church planting in cities and urban areas, I fear that many Christians have thrown up their hands and given up on the suburbs, but I appreciate Yawn’s heart for the people who live there and his desire to help them get back to biblical Christianity.  Here’s a quote from the introduction:

It’s important to understand that my target audience [in wiring this book] is the Christians wandering aimlessly out in the American suburbs, unaware that they are currently imbibing a designer religion that has no essential relationship to Christianity.  I’m writing to soccer moms and white-collar dads.  What we count as Christian was made in America.  It is not the faith once imported from the streets of Jerusalem.  The seeker movement, which reaped its bounty in the materialistic wonderland of the American suburbs over the last several decades, has left behind a biblically desolate landscape behind it.  Those who now wander through its vestiges Sunday after Sunday are unaware of the magnificent truth contained in the true message of the church of Christ – the gospel.  Much of what they have been told Christianity has to offer, it doesn’t.  But what they actually need, it does.  My heart hurts for suburbanites.  I want them to see it.  It is glorious.

Summer Reading List for Church Planting

images (33)In about four weeks my family leaves for California so I can be a part of Grace Advance – a summer training initiative for pastors seeking to give leadership to developing churches.  It’s a ministry of Grace Community Church which is the church where John MacArthur has been pastoring for over 40 years.  I feel humbled and privileged that the elders of our church are sending me there as we move toward planting a church next year.

At Grace Advance they’re having us read a lot of books this summer, so I thought it might be informative to list them out, especially since I had not heard of several of them previously:

Another Free App from Desiring God: Ask Pastor John

images (25)Yet again we have more free content being put out by Desiring God Ministries, and so I want to draw your attention to the Ask Pastor John app for the iPhone or iPad.  It provides access to a daily podcast wherein John Piper is asked to shed light on a different biblical or practical issue inside the realm of Christianity.

Each podcast is about five minutes long, but packed with content from a sound theological mind, combined with 33 years of pastoral experience.

Download the app here.

If you are a lowly Android user like me, you can download the Sound Cloud app and subscribe to the Ask Pastor John feed and you’ve got it.  Be blessed and may wisdom increase!

The Calvary Bible Church App

unnamedCalvary Bible Church in Fort Worth, Texas, where I am associate pastor, now has an app!  We’re now officially hip, right?  Or has the world moved on from apps and we failed to notice?  Anyway, if you’re interested, the app is free over at the App Store for Apple devices and the Google Play store for android devices.

Using the app, you can access several of our sermon series and Sunday school messages, as well as an event calendar and  some other cool stuff.  We’re just trying to make it easier for our members, and anyone else, to be pointed to Jesus through a ministry that is seeking to be gospel-centered in all it teaches.  We pray it blesses your soul!

Click to get the app for Apple devices

Click to get the app for Android devices 

The Best Old Testament Commentaries…and They’re Not Just for Pastors

downloadI had a birthday last week, and on top of an evening out with the family and lots of “Happy Birthday” Facebook posts, I was stoked to open the mailbox and find that I am still getting birthday money from my loved ones even though I’m 32 years-old.

So, I had a bit of a shopping spree on Amazon, and two books I jumped on quickly were the volumes I needed to complete my set of Dale Ralph Davis’ Focus on the Bible Old Testament Commentaries.  Davis was an Old Testament professor at Reformed Theological Seminary and now he is the pastor of Woodland Presbyterian Church in Hattiesburg, Mississippi.

Davis wrote the commentaries in this series for Joshua, Judges, 1 Samuel, 2 Samuel, 1 Kings, and 2 Kings.  Last year I taught 1 Kings in my 12-18 year-old guys’ Sunday school class and found that his book was the best I had encountered in Old Testament commentaries.  It was solid theologically and extremely insightful without being lofty.  It was readable and accessible without being shallow… and I must say, pretty funny too.  I highly recommend his stuff!

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